Fortunately, Italian cinema still brings us beautiful, contemporary Neorealist films. This lively fiction feature debut from documentary director Marcello Sannino convinces and moves with a sketch of everyday life and survival in Portici, the old, multicultural part of Naples where Sannino himself grew up. With a superb eye for local details and a great cast, he tells a nuanced, unsentimental, empathetic tale.

His protagonist is 30-year-old Carmela (the title of the film refers to a line from a song with the same title: 'You rose, rock, star'), who scrapes together a living doing a range of odd jobs. Her situation becomes more complicated when a deal to provide visas to illegal migrants through a lawyer goes badly wrong, leading to her being evicted from her home along with her mother and her eleven-year-old daughter Maria.

International title
Rose stone star
Filmmaker
Marcello Sannino
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Italy
Year
2020
Medium
DCP
Length
90’
Language
Italian
Producer
Antonella Di Nocera, Gaetano Di Vaio, Pier Francesco Aiello
Production Company
Parallelo 41 Produzioni, Bronx Film, P.F.A. Films
Sales
P.F.A. Films
Writer
Marcello Sannino, Giorgio Caruso, Guido Lombardi
Cinematography
Alessandro Abate
Editor
Giogiò Franchini
Production Design
Antonio Farina
Sound Design
Daniele Maraniello
Music
Riccardo Veno
Cast
Ivana Lotito, Fabrizio Rongione, Ludovica Nasti, Imma Piro, Valentina Curatoli, Francesca Bergamo, Anna Redi